A close shave for Paul Doherty
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With the wind from an un-familiar Northerly direction it was going to be an interesting first day for the 128 golfers competing for the first prize of £6,000.
Playing “speed golf” the first 2 ball of Nathan Treacher and Lee Corfield flew round in under 3 hours 15 minutes to each record 4 under par 67’s.
A lesson in the benefits of playing quickly, rather than slowly, to be learned there maybe!
The pair of them continued to lead the first round until Craig Shave and local Cumberwell Park hero Matt Swales matched their score later in the day.
Paul Doherty and Phil Wastell slotted in just behind the leaders both scoring excellent 3 under par 68’s
A rash of players fell in behind Doherty and Wastell including the recently turned Pro from Broome Manor, Miles Mackman, who was endeavouring to follow in the foot steps of David Howell, the renowned Broome Manor boy.
Mackman was joined at 2 under by Michael Lowe, James Ruebotham, James Mynott, Craig Housden and James Jankowski.
Day one was not quite over yet though, so now for a magical story about a Frog, a Fox. A Buggy and a Bunker!
“Late on the first day a Frog was found hopping about on the practice putting green looking for a princess to kiss and a pond. After realizing that it was not a new putting aid the poor thing was rescued by the plucky youngest son of one of the Directors who is known by the nickname, “The Fox”.
They were told that the nearest water was the pond on the 3rd hole and so The Fox, the Son and The Frog hopped into a buggy and set off to return Froggy to his natural habitat.
Concentrating more on the frog than where he was going the Fox managed to launch the buggy over the edge of a bunker!
Luckily the buggy rolled out of its pitch mark and ended in a good enough lie to be played out back onto the fairway.
With the son left to rake the bunker the Fox and the Frog made their way to the pond in the now re-named Dune Buggy where the Frog was returned to water, with pace!!
Day 2 was bright and sunny with the ever present Cumberwell Park breeze in the trees and with the course in superb condition we all looked forward to an exciting day’s golf.
Steve Surry set the early pace by adding a 4 under par 67 to his lack lustre first round of 72, to lead on 3 under par 139.
Stuart Hemming and Steve Courtney overtook Surry both carding fine 4 under par 67’s but we heard from the on course scorer that Paul Doherty was in fine form and coming down the stretch on fire and with 4 birdies and an Eagle in his back nine, Doherty set the target at 7 under par 135.
First round leader Craig Shave came within a whisker of catching Doherty but the first round spark had left him and he scored a final round of 1 under par 70 to fall just 2 short with a 5 under the card total 137.
Some consolation for Shave was the second place cheque for £3,000 which he took home from his very first Jamega Tour event.
So congratulations to Paul Doherty who emulated his Brother Jack’s win at Mentmore last year to pick up the substantial first place cheque of £6,000.
Cumberwell Park is a great complex with a fantastic short game practice area and challenging golf courses for golfers of all standards the hospitality is second to none and the Pasties are awesome!
Our next event at The Players Club is now full, we’re taking reserves only, so once again if you know your schedule, don’t delay get your entry in now.